Obituary: Beatrice Grubbs, 94, one of first women to serve on Tokeneke board

Beatrice Grubbs, known as “Bippie,” died peacefully at her home in Vero Beach, Florida on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. She was 94.

Born on May 19, 1922 in Enid, Oklahoma, Bippie attended Enid schools and graduated from Swarthmore College in 1944 with a joint degree in English and Economics. Following graduation, she moved to New York City where she worked as a publicist for the American Rose Grower’s Association.

She married Okla Gatewood Grubbs (“Reddy”) in 1948, and they subsequently moved to Darien, CT, where they raised three children. Bippie was an active Darien RTM member and one of the first women to serve on the Tokeneke Association board.

Also active in golfing circles, she was a three-time winner of the women’s club championship at Wee Burn Country Club, where she and Reddy were members for more than forty years. She served as president of the United States Senior Women’s Golf Association; president of the Women’s Westchester-Fairfield Golf Association; and board member of the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association. Bippie was also an accomplished duplicate bridge player.

She moved to Vero Beach fulltime in 2011 after splitting her time between Vero Beach and Connecticut for twenty years. In Vero, she was a member of the Riomar Golf Club and the Quail Valley Golf Club.

Bippie is survived by her children Stephen Deacon Grubbs of New Canaan, CT; Nan Grubbs Satter of New Paltz, NY; Michael Gatewood Grubbs of Stilwell, KS; and by four grandchildren.

Services will be held at a later date at St. Luke’s Church.

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